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Ruling coalition wins Malaysian election

Malaysia’s ruling coalition won a fiercely contested general election with a comparatively slimmer majority, polling results showed early Monday. The opposition declined to accept the result citing electoral fraud allegations.

The ruling coalition Barisan National secured 133 seats in the 222-seat lower house of parliament, down from the 140 seats in the last election in 2008.

The ruling coalition owns its victory largely to the lead in its strongholds of the state of Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia, which contributed a total of 47 parliamentary seats, reported Xinhua.

Barisan managed to make some improvement in the state elections, in which it won in nine out of the 12 states contested.

Speaking at a press conference early Monday, Barisan chairman and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Razak urged the opposition to accept the election result ‘with open heart’.

The ruling coalition survived a ‘Chinese Tsunami’ as the Chinese minority voted overwhelmingly for the opposition, which Najib said he didn’t expect.
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